The Genocide Education Project
51 Commonwealth Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 264-4203
[email protected]

Contact: Sara Cohan -- [email protected]

April 30, 2011


San Francisco, CA, April 30, 2011 --- The Genocide Education Project's
Rhode Island branch hosted a reception April 1st honoring local
supporters and introducing the development of lesson plans commissioned
as a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. The
reception, hosted by Rhode Island branch members Esther Kalajian and
Pauline Getzoyan, and held at the Kalajian residence in East Greenwich,
was attended by Rhode Island Armenian-Americans, staff from the Rhode
Island Council for the Humanities, and Sara Cohan, Education Director
for The Genocide Education Project. "Pauline and I are truly grateful
for the continued support from members of the Armenian Martyrs' Memorial
Committee, the Armenian National Committee, and others in our community
that value and support our efforts, " said Kalajian.

GenEd also held a focus group session the following day at Sts
Vartanantz church in Providence, inviting local teachers to provide
their feedback on the lesson plans being developed by GenEd for Rhode
Island. The lesson plans, including a documentary film, illuminate the
history of the Armenian Genocide and the establishment of the
Armenian-American community of Rhode Island. Armen Varadian, AMV
Creative company film producer, was on hand during the focus group session.

Getzoyan and Kalajian spoke on the subject of "Genocide and the Armenian
Case," at the 42nd Northeast Regional Conference on the Social Studies
(NERC). The April 12th conference in Sturbridge, Massachusetts was
sponsored by the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies and seven
states' social studies' councils, and was attended by social studies
educators from the region. "We were thrilled to present a workshop on
genocide education at NERC. Over twenty teachers attended the session
and were anxious to learn more about the Armenian Genocide and glad to
receive materials and resources created by The Genocide Education
Project," stated Getzoyan. "It was very gratifying to meet educators
from across the East Coast dedicated to teaching about the Armenian

"In just one year we have made great strides in reaching educators in
Rhode Island and the East Coast," said Raffi Momjian, Executive Director
of The Genocide Education Project. "This is due in great part to the
commitment and diligence of our Rhode Island branch members, Pauline
Getzoyan and Esther Kalajian. The Genocide Education Project looks
forward to expanding its reach across the East Coast in the upcoming year."


The Genocide Education Project is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3)
organization that assists educators in teaching about human rights and
genocide, particularly the Armenian Genocide, by developing and
distributing instructional materials, providing access to teaching
resources and organizing educational workshops.

Photo Captions:
- GenEd RI Branch Reception
- GenEd Focus Group Session
- GenEd Presentation at Northeast Regional Conference on the Social
Studies (NERC)

From: A. Papazian